Maharashtra political crisis Highlights : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis on being sworn in as the Chief Minister and Deputy CM of Maharashtra, respectively. Fadnavis and Shinde earlier met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan where they staked claim for government formation in Maharashtra.
After taking the oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shinde vowed to give an “effective and strong” government. A two-day special session of the Maharashtra legislature will be held from July 2. The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting after Eknath Shinde took over as the new chief minister of the state, officials said. On the first day, election to the post of Assembly speaker will be held, they added, news agency PTI reported.
Earlier, addressing a press conference after meeting the Governor, Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena, by joining hands with the Congress and the NCP in 2019 to overthrow BJP, had insulted the public mandate. He further claimed rampant corruption during the rule of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government while quoting two NCP leaders accused of corruption. At the press briefing, Eknath Shinde said the BJP, with 106 MLAs and independents, has the support of 120 MLAs and added that if the party wished it could have kept the CM post with itself. “I express my deep gratitude to PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis,” he said.